N Korea’s Kim calls for nu­clear build-up

The Myanmar Times - - World -

KIM Jong-un la­belled North Korea’s lat­est mis­sile tests “per­fect”, state me­dia said yes­ter­day, as he called for the iso­lated state to build up its nu­clear arse­nal.

Hours be­fore the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil was set to meet to dis­cuss Py­ongyang’s lat­est mil­i­tary provo­ca­tion, the coun­try’s supreme leader hailed the Septem­ber 5 fir­ing of three mid-range weapons.

Mr Kim su­per­vised a drill by ar­tillery units “tasked to strike the bases of the US im­pe­ri­al­ist ag­gres­sor forces in the Pa­cific op­er­a­tional theatre in a con­tin­gency”, Py­ongyang’s KCNA news agency said.

“The units’ ca­pa­bil­ity for fight­ing a real bat­tle and the com­bat per­for­mance of the rock­ets were ap­pre­ci­ated as per­fect,” it said.

“He stressed the need to con­tinue mak­ing mirac­u­lous achieve­ments in bol­ster­ing up the nu­clear force one af­ter an­other in this his­toric year,” it added.

South Korea’s De­fence Min­istry said the tests were of Rodong mis­siles with a range of 1000 kilo­me­tres (620 miles). It said they had been fired over the Sea of Ja­pan (East Sea) without warn­ing.

The Rodong is a scaled-up Scud vari­ant with a max­i­mum range of around 1300km, bring­ing most of Ja­pan within range.

In spite of tough global sanc­tions, Py­ongyang con­tin­ues to defy the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s calls for a halt to its weapons pro­gram.

The 15-mem­ber UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil met in New York yes­ter­day to con­sider a re­sponse to the lat­est in a se­ries of tests, which has also in­cluded the det­o­na­tion of a nu­clear bomb in Jan­uary. –

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